Monday, September 15, 2008

The Power of Being YOU

Izea Fest Badgesphoto by Ted Murphy

This past weekend I was an attendee of IZEA Fest, a blogging conference that was held right here in our backyard of Orlando, FL. It was an amazing event with speakers ranging from Shoemoney to Merlin Man to John Chow to Tamar Weinberg to locals Ted Murphy and Etan Horowitz. Though every speaker had their own styles and niches, there was one key element that was present during the conference:

The Power of You.

At the end of the day it is YOU that has to make the decision to produce better content, drive traffic, perform your duties and make the decisions to improve your standard of living.

Now, I know most of you are not career bloggers, technology gurus and VC hounding entrepreneurs. However this advice can go a long way in your career path and in your job hunt.

What can YOU do today?
What are the things that you can do today to improve your life tomorrow? Is it making a few extra sales calls before lunch? Can you generate new revenue streams for your company and present them to your boss? Can you add or edit your resume just one extra time to make it stand out to the recruiter? Did you customize your cover letter and not throw out a generic paragraph?

The things you do today do not always show their effects immediately. Sometimes they take time to pan out. If you constantly and consistently do the little things everyday that are above and beyond your normal routine, great things will start to happen on a regular basis as you have set yourself up for them.

How are YOU different?
Every person is different, right? You have heard that saying a million times in different variations. The problem is that your resume looks like your competition. Your grades look the same too. Do your sales numbers jump off the page?

You have to set yourself apart. This is where personal branding comes in to play. I am a big advocate on blogging and using social media to upstart your personal brand. However there are many offline things that can get you ahead in the game. You can stay after class and talk to your teachers about their career path, the curriculum or tap them for a recommendation or a resource. You can volunteer at your job or for local organizations. You can attend networking events and meet people with similar backgrounds. Whatever you do, make sure you are confident and positive.

Being YOU
At the end of the day, a company is going to hire YOU, promote YOU and network with YOU. Being confident in your talents and abilities and ultimately showcasing what YOU have to offer will be your greatest asset.

Orlando, what do YOU have to offer? (don't be afraid to be yourself, even if it means ending the conference with your face in a cake!)

Izea's world famous Cake Plow after Izea Fest 2008-Greg Rollett


Anonymous September 15, 2008 at 1:14 PM  

Wow, did you actually get to do a cake plow?

Ashley K. Edwards September 16, 2008 at 8:49 AM  

Great post! I'm glad you were able to make it to our event, and hope the local tech/blogging/interactive community will get more involved next year!

By the way, I did do a cakeplow--one of many I've done--and I still have cake in my nose. NOT fun....

Greg Rollett September 16, 2008 at 8:59 AM  

Thanks Ashley,

You throw one heck of a good conference. The Orlando community is starting to come together and make their mark for the tech/media industry. Glad to be a part of IZEA Fest!

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